The Coffee Farmhouse Experience

I was searching for a place to go for Easter Sunday and came upon The Coffee Farmhouseย through the girltalk forum that I frequent a lot. I really liked the pictures posted in their site and sort of fell in love with the ambiance that it exudes in those pictures. It also helps that they have good reviews from girltalk and other blog sites when I searched in google. ๐Ÿ™‚

Their excellent service starts with their communication. I just texted to inquire about the place and had a nice back and forth with tita Bebet, the matriarch of the place. She’s really the one answering all my questions – they’re hands on with managing the place. Since it seems to be “bitin” if we just go on a day tour for Easter, I asked for a Friday-Saturday overnight stay. Good thing that they still had available accommodations for that date (I will learn later that they are fully booked for all weekends of May). Our pre-visit transactions (SMS, voice calls, down payment deposits) were all hassle-free. So I knew we’re off to a good start ๐Ÿ™‚

We left Manila about 6am Friday to take advantage of their early check-in policy (at para masulit ;)) and arrived around 8:30am. We were greeted warmly at the gate by Iรฑigo, the owners’ son and brought us to our rooms, which are located in the main house so we were near the kitchen and can smell the aroma of the food being prepared.

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The Liberica house, where the main dining hall and our rooms are located.

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One of our rooms and the stained glass main door. Art and antiques are everywhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the morning snack, Iรฑigo gave us a tour of the place so that we’ll get acquainted with the facilities and amenities that they have. We are free to use anything during our stay and they have the equipments needed for the sports activities in case you would want to play and didn’t bring anything.

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We’ve had a lot of fun playing outdoors in the garden and enjoying the swim, bike rides, badminton, volleyball, basketball and even the billiards and darts games. We even played scrabble and BINGO at night. So it really was a fun-filled but still a relaxing vacation.

Also, the food was great! And the servings are fit for a king. Kami na nga ang sumusuko sa dami ng handang food. It is tita Bebet herself who cooks all the food so she’s like literally in the kitchen the whole day. And since we were in a coffee farm, there was free-flowing coffee all day long. So if you love coffee, then this is the place to stay ๐Ÿ™‚ But if not, then you won’t feel out of place too, as there are a lot of other things you could do while drinking your water ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Our sumptuous lunch and kapeng barako ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall, we really had a great time at The Coffee Farmhouse. The Arenal family from tito Bert, tita Bebet and Iรฑigo, are very accommodating. You would really feel part of the family when you go to their place. It truly is an experience worth revisiting ๐Ÿ™‚

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Home Room Family and Child Center

The VT Playgroup where Yui spent most of her play time will open a new place: Home Room Family and Child Center. Her teachers were able to rent a place across our street which is bigger and will provide more space for the kids. The center is still a work in progress but it has a lot of potential and we are all excited to see what the teachers, moms and kids’ imagination will do to the place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few pictures of the center at its humble beginnings ๐Ÿ˜‰

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There’s a play area for active play. The slide is a hand me down from Yui’s cousins. Thanks ate Ian for letting us share this with the kids at the center ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shelves for shoes and bags at the entrance; the future science center

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Reading area and an indoor hopscotch ๐Ÿ™‚

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Can’t wait to see the kids’ happy faces when they all start at the new center ๐Ÿ™‚

The Home Room Family and Child Center is at Unit 506 Pasda Mansions, Panay cor Timog Ave., Quezon City

Things that Make Me Smile

Guitars, Cars and Arcades are not just for boys…

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Yui playing the new Cebu guitar that Kuya Arjay gave her looks so promising. Maybe we have another YUIย in the making

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These guitar magnet and keychain from my team in Cebu never fails to make me smile

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Panay Carwash: this carwash place in our street used to make us laugh with its funny name

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… but this new carwash place is just hysterical! Panay Carwash then Panay Hugas… what’s next? ๐Ÿ˜€

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little 2-year olds playing in the arcade makes me run and save more coins for tokens!

On Changes

They said there is nothing constant but change.

This is true especially now in our office. A lot of people has resigned and more than half of the team are new faces that I don’t recognize anymore. I can still remember about a few years ago, there are several people from the office who would be online in facebook every night and comment on each other’s status. Just making fun of each other and commenting on work issues. We started calling it the FB night club which grew up into a full blown “fan page” or a group page which we called ISOBO. There were times when every time someone would be having a birthday and we would secretly plan it — there are a lot of recipients in that e-mail. Me and my friend’s birthday are coming up and we were planning an outing for the group so we e-mailed them. And then it dawned on me…. there are only 4 people in the “To” field! I was like, “What happened!?!”

Everybody else resigned.

That is just too sad… This Monday will be the last day of one of my closest friends in the office. And it sucks. Good thing I’m on leave that day or else I might just cry.

I just keep telling myself…change is good….change is good…. and besides, these friends are still my friends even if we are working on different companies now, right? ๐Ÿ™‚